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Build Your Own Classical Guitar Warm-Up, Part 3: Scales

build your own guitar warm up

You can break down the mechanics of classical guitar playing into three fundamental techniques: slurs, arpeggios, and scales. Spending time improving each of these mechanisms will make playing a lot easier and improve your sound. This is the third of a three-part series that will give you the ingredients you need to build a short warm-up routine. I will introduce several studies of varying difficulty, so choose the examples that best suit your playing level.  

Fundamental Aspects of Piano Technique

Good hand position and posture for piano

Good technique is key to mastering any instrument. In addition to facilitating quicker movement around the instrument, proper technique also helps prevent injury (every musician’s worst nightmare!). This article explains three crucial aspects of piano technique which should be practiced by pianists of every skill level. Keeping these points in mind will help virtually any pianist both improve their facility at the keys and reduce their chances of strain or discomfort.

1. Relaxation

Benefits of Being a Diverse Musician

We live in a world where young musicians have access to a wide assortment of instruments and a limitless variety of musical styles. Given the wealth of musical resources available to us, why limit ourselves to just one instrument or genre?
 

Understanding Relative Keys, Part 2

(Note: if your knowledge of music theory is not that great, this lesson might seem a little complicated. If this lesson seems over your head, I’d encourage you to book a lesson with your favorite guitar teacher and go over the basics. You might also want to look at my earlier blog post dealing with the fundamentals of music theory on guitar.)

Understanding Relative Keys, Part 1

As guitar players, we all should understand the basics of music theory. A working knowledge of music theory enables us to better communicate with other musicians and to explore different ideas on the instrument. This is the first of installment of a three-part series on basic music theory for guitarists.
 
Let’s start by talking about relative keys. Every major key has a relative minor key, which simply means that for every major key, there is a minor key with the SAME notes. That’s it! Easy, right? Let’s pick a scale to illustrate this idea:
 

Build Your Own Classical Guitar Warm-Up, Part 2: Arpeggios

Build your own guitar warm up

You can break down the mechanics of classical guitar playing into three fundamental

Tips for Singing Background Vocals

Performing background vocals is an essential part of any vocalist’s skill set. Whether performing live or recording in the studio, background vocalists can make or break a song. Many of today’s iconic singers (such as Phil Collins, Sheryl Crow, Luther Vandross and Cher) got their start as background singers.  Developing your skills as a background vocalist takes time and practice, but by following these four tips, you’ll be making progress in no time.
 
1) Create an effective background part
 

Build Your Own Classical Guitar Warm-Up, Part 1: Slurs

Spending ten to fifteen percent of your practice time on a few carefully selected technical studies will work wonders for your playing.  Studies break down playing into smaller components and allow you to concentrate on one mechanism at a time. When that mechanism comes up in a song, it will be easier to grasp and make clean without a lot of fuss. Also, warming up with your studies helps you play more comfortably and avoid strains. 

Introduction to Fingerpicking - with Video Tutorial

While the fingerstyle patterns shown in the video are called out by number of finger or string, fingerstyle patterns are normally described using the “p i m a” system. The p i m a system is derived from the names of the fingers and thumb as they are known in Spanish: 

Beatbox Tutorials from the Beatbox House - NaPoM, Kenny Urban, and Chris Celiz

Beatbox House NaPom Kenny Urban and Chris Celiz Tutorial Videos

Beatboxing champs Kenny Urban and NaPoM of the Beatbox House are offering live online beatboxing lessons on Lessonface, and we are stoked! They were kind enough to join us at our 3rd anniversary celebration in February - with fellow Beatbox House member Chris Celiz - to shoot some quick tutorial videos. 

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